Herniated Disc

Pain Management of Oklahoma

Pain Management Physicians located in Broken Arrow, OK & Sand Springs, OK

To prevent spinal bones from grinding together, you have jellylike discs between each vertebra. Because injury, trauma, and other issues can cause a disc to rupture or slip out of place (herniated disc), Brent Henderson, DO, and Jeff Halford, DO, provide comprehensive care at Pain Management of Oklahoma’s clinic locations in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Before your herniated disc worsens and lowers your quality of life any further, call any office to book a visit by phone.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What causes a herniated disc?

You have spinal discs between the vertebrae along your spine. These discs are soft and contain a jellylike center (nucleus), surrounded by a tough rubbery exterior (annulus). If the disc slips out of place, or if the nucleus pushes through the annulus, you have a herniated disc.

This disc bulge puts pressure on surrounding nerves, which is why you likely experience shooting, stabbing, electrical pains. If you have a herniated disc, it may be caused by:

  • Repetitive motions or abnormal twisting
  • Age-related wear-and-tear
  • Inherited traits 
  • Obesity 
  • Trauma 

Your risk of suffering from a herniated disc is also higher if you’re a smoker. Medical experts believe that smoking decreases the oxygen supply to your disc, which causes it to break down faster than normal. 

How do I know if I have a herniated disc?

Herniated discs most commonly develop in your lower back (lumbar), although you can certainly have a herniated disc anywhere along your spine. The only way to confirm you have a herniated disc is to book an exam at Pain Management of Oklahoma. 

To diagnose a herniated disc, Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may gather X-rays, check your muscle strength and reflexes, and observe you walk. During your examination, it’s important to let your doctor know about all of the symptoms you experience, which may include:

  • Pain in your limbs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

These symptoms also mimic other back pain issues, including sciatica. No matter what’s causing your chronic pain though, the doctors at Pain Management of Oklahoma can help. 

What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

Your herniated disc treatment plan from Pain Management of Oklahoma is entirely tailored to your diagnosis and the severity of any symptoms you experience. Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Epidural injections 
  • Stretching exercises
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy 
  • Pelvic traction 

Pain Management of Oklahoma specializes in integrative herniated disc treatments designed to relieve pain and help you heal. Other treatments -- including surgery -- may be necessary, depending on your diagnosis. 

If you have a herniated disc, sciatica, or back pain, contact Pain Management of Oklahoma to get started on treatment. Book your visit online or over the phone with the office nearest you today.